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About the Monitor

Overview

The Sudan Civic Space Monitor is a collaborative, online platform that monitors and tracks the state of civic space in the country. The scope of the monitoring covers the three recognized pillars of civic space that are fundamental prerequisites to an open, vibrant and progressive democratic society – the rights to associate, assemble peacefully and freely express views and opinions.

The Monitor acts as an evidence base for advocacy and is used to engage with policy and decision-makers to strengthen and promote an enabling environment for civil society in Sudan.

The Sudan Civic Space Monitor brings together civil society organizations (CSOs) and networks across different sectors dedicated to strengthening civic space in Sudan.

Approach

Reports and information along the three pillars of civic space is gathered through several sources that include –

  • Direct messaging via a network of correspondents, journalists and activists from civil society organizations across the country.
  • Online and off-line media sources (social media, newspapers, TV and Radio)
  • Submissions from visitors to the website.

Information collected is verified by our team for authenticity and credibility prior to being published on the Monitor.

Guiding Principles

The Sudan Civic Space Monitor is guided by three underlying principles -Credibility, Solidarity, and Safety

Credibility – is highly valued in the production of the Monitor and ensures that it can be used as an instrument for policy or decision making by other actors committed to opening civic space and furthering democracy in the country. Credibility is served by sourcing information on the three pillars that constitute the bedrock of civic space, (i.e. freedom of association and peaceful assembly and Freedom of Expression) from multiple sources and where possible citing the source of the information; cross-checking and verifying the information from other sources; and ensuring objectivity when producing the reports and analysis.

Solidarity – with and among Civil Society is important in the wake of a restrictive and hostile environment that may threaten and seek to repress civic space.

Safety – of our network of collaborators and that of the CSOs that are at the forefront of defending and promoting civic space, is of the highest priority.

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